Purchasers embrace freedom of information

30 March 2005
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31 March 2005

Nearly 90 per cent of companies plan to use the Freedom of Information Act to gain details of failed contract bids, according to an online poll of SM readers.

Eighty-seven out of 100 readers said their organisation would use the rights granted as part of the legislation, introduced in January (see Feature).

Mohamed Hans, a solicitor specialising in FOI issues with the procurement and commissioning forum within the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, said there is a growing awareness of the issue.

"The poll result is not surprising and procurement departments are bracing themselves. The general feeling is that more requests will be made for information this year," he said.

"Purchasers' main concern is what they can and can't give out under the act's confidentiality of information and commercial sensitivity exemptions."


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